Updated: Feb 10, 2021
"You were made alive when you were dead in transgressions and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the children of disobedience. We also all once lived among them in the lusts of our flesh, doing the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, for his great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him, and made us to sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, that no one would boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before that we would walk in them."
EPHESIANS 2:1-10 (World English Bible)
One day our family packed up in the car for a day trip. There was a park a few hours from where we lived that we had not visited. Not being familiar with where we were going, we followed our GPS. After a while, I said to my wife, “This just doesn’t look right.” Following a road that seemingly headed nowhere, we ended up at a dead-end. The road just ended, and we were looking out at a pasture, which was not at all our intended destination. We had taken a wrong turn. After backtracking a few miles, we found the park road in the exact opposite direction than we had been heading. It’s never good to be heading in the wrong direction.
Paul, in the passage above, continues to describe the rich blessing we have in Christ. We were all heading in the wrong direction, walking in disobedience, following our desires. We were on a path opposed to God. However, in His rich mercy and love, God turns us around and makes us alive in Christ. He rescues us from heading in the wrong direction and ending up at a dead-end. He saves us so that we can travel the path He has set for us and, by doing so, we can bring Him glory.